Alabama puts man to death in third U.S. execution this week

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Posted: Sep 22, 2011 8:29 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) - Alabama on Thursday put to death by lethal injection a man convicted of the 1994 execution-style shooting of a store clerk, the third U.S. execution carried out this week.

Derrick O'Neal Mason, 37, was pronounced dead at 6:49 p.m. local time at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, said Department of Corrections spokesman Grantt Culliver.

Mason was convicted of killing 25-year-old Angela Cagle during the attempted robbery of a convenience store in Huntsville, Alabama. Authorities said he forced Cagle to strip naked and shot her twice in the face at close range.

Mason was the fifth inmate executed in Alabama this year, and the 36th inmate put to death in the U.S. in 2011.

(Reporting by Peggy Gargis; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Jerry Norton)